Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture, an ancient technique from Chinese Medicine, is used in Sierra Tucson’s treatment programs to help individuals function at their highest level possible. Extensive research began in the United States in 1974 regarding the use of acupuncture for substance abuse residents. Each study has reaffirmed its effectiveness and established it as the treatment of choice for detoxification in many cities.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Frequently noted benefits of acupuncture are:

  • Reduced cravings
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Mental and physical stability
  • Less hostility
  • Greater sense of confidence
  • Reduction or elimination of medication

Sierra Tucson and Chinese Medicine

Sierra Tucson utilizes Chinese Medicine in a holistic approach to treat an individual’s “dis-ease.” This modality helps clients become aware of a more complex picture of balance and health. Chinese Medicine articulates how individuals combine the elements of emotion, will, and spirit in day-to-day life and how this combination influences the health of the physical body.

The 2 Types of Acupuncture

The acupuncture program at Sierra Tucson uses two types of acupuncture—“Auricular” (also known as “Ear” or “Detox”) and “Full-Body” acupuncture. The medical provider orders either type of acupuncture when clinically appropriate.

The “Auricular” (“Ear” or “Detox”) acupuncture is a standardized treatment using five points in each ear. These points focus on relieving anxiety, cravings, insomnia, and headaches, and help the liver and kidneys to flush toxins from the body. “Auricular” acupuncture is administered by registered nurses trained in “Ear” or “Detox” acupuncture.

The “Full-Body” acupuncture involves a Chinese medical exam and diagnosis. In this exam, pulses are palpated at nine places on each wrist; the tongue is examined for color, size, coating, and shape; and the spirit and will are assessed for their strength. From this collection of data, Chinese Medicine can reflect the origin and the level at which imbalances have been created. Acupuncture is then used to correct these imbalances. For most people, who are used to getting laboratory tests and numeric results, this process is very educational. Many clients have never made the connection between lifestyle and health, between emotional cycles and seasons, or between the health of their spirit and their energy level. The “Full-Body” acupuncture most often consists of 10-15 needles, chosen from over 500 classic acupuncture points on the body. Each treatment is individualized, and no two treatments are the same. The “Full-Body” acupuncture is administered by a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

In linking the remarkable, short-term effectiveness of acupuncture with counseling and other therapies, Sierra Tucson has added an invaluable component to a program dedicated to long-term results.

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